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Friday 7th March 2003

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The Pheasant Pluckers will play in McCarthy's Hotel, Main Street, Fethard, on this Thursday night, 6th March. If you're in the area and like to listen to music, why not drop in for a pint! (or a cup of tea/coffee)


Cór Cois Abhann choir from Cork City photographed at Slievenamon Golf Club following a recital at the Augustinian Abbey Mass on Sunday 2nd March in Fethard. The choir has a Fethard connection as one of its members is Frances (Evans) Lenihan, originally from Congress Terrace.

Our Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 1st March was a tremendous success for our club and many past players who came from far and near to make it a very enjoyable reunion. Twenty-three, out off panel twenty-eight players from the 1954 and 1957 county and south champions teams were represented to accept a momentum of those years. Also on the night, forty-four players received their medals for 2002 county/south under 21 football titles, south senior football title, and south intermediate hurling titles. Thanks to all who helped on the night and to our loyal supporters who attended, and in so doing so, made it such an enjoyable occasion for all.
Our lotto jackpot of €7,600 was not won. We had 3 match three winners who received €50 each: Judy Doyle (Strylea), Rita Doyle (66 Woodvale Walk), and Bill Bradshaw (24 St Patricks Place). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Mary Morrissey (22 St Patricks Place).
Football Fixtures
Our postponed under 21 game of last week we understand is fixed for Saturday 8th March. Please check sports page on The Nationalist for time and venue. The senior football county league kicks off in Fethard on Sunday 9th March at 2.30pm.


Photographed at Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday 2nd March are L to R: Vincent Allen (Edenderry, Co. Offaly), his father Dick Allen (Killusty and Dick Cummins (Fethard).

L to R: Dennis Burke, Des Delahunty (Club Captain), Paul Cleary and John Kenny.

The 2002-2003 hunting season now drawing to a close, seems to be ending on a high note. the Tipperary Foxhounds had a cracking forty minutes following their meet at Loughcapple. Finding at the Loughcapple side of Kilsheelan, they ran to Grove, crossing the Fethard-Killusty road near Grove back gate. They turned right-handed and ran almost to the Milestone road onto Ballinard. Swinging left, this good fox re-traced his steps over Carrigbawn and back to Grove at Roebucksland. He then ran through the long roadside wood before going to ground near Grove House.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers also had a good run from their meet at Cloneen on Sunday last. A fox, found in Kylenagranagh gorse, took a lot of persuading to leave. However, hounds persevered in this very thick court and eventually pushed him out at the far end. They ran to Cappanagrane Bridge where the fox attempted to cross the road but was headed. He then ran the road which hounds hunted in great style for a considerable distance. Returning almost to where originally found over at the Dublin road, he circled the moor at Kylenagranagh making good use of the thick hedges before eventually going to ground. This was an excellent run which, excluding the time getting the fox to leave the first court, lasted an hour.
The White Heather Harriers meet in Ballingarry on Sunday next, 9th March, at 12 noon. The White Heathers are currently promoting their annual draw. Tickets are available from any committee members.

As our juveniles are busily preparing for the upcoming track season, Fethard senior athletes are making their mark on the 2003 road-racing season. In action last weekend were Pat Heffernan and Fintan Rice, both returning to racing after a prolonged absence. Ballyduff, County Waterford was the venue for a tough, hilly five-mile road race as Pat Heffernan performed well to finish in 2nd place in a time of 26 min. 32 sec. This was an impressive result coming on the back of his recent great win at a Limerick City 10k (32 min 52 sec). Both these results show that Pat’s comeback is well underway and augers well for his participation in the classic ‘Ballycotton 10’ next weekend. Meanwhile at the County Novice Road Race Championships, held in Ballynonty, Fintan Rice ran a well paced race to finish 2nd in the 6,000m event with a time of 20 min 13 sec. The race winner was Mark Gleeson of Nenagh Olympic (20 min 06 sec) and 3rd place went to Johnny Brunnock of Clonmel A.C.
Monday March 31st has been set as the date for the Community Games Cross Country Championships and athletes intending to compete should ideally attend our twice-weekly training sessions as preparation for this event. Please come along to Fethard GAA field on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New members are especially welcome.

A patron from outside the county wishes, through this column, to compliment Noel Byrne, secretary of Fethard GAA Club, on his excellent organising of the club’s dinner dance in Cahir House Hotel on Saturday night 1st March. The visitor who has wide experience of organising such functions was very impressed with the efficiency, expediency and well-organised manner in which the function was run. Noel deservedly or otherwise, has had his fair share of brickbats thrown at him in the past, so it is only right that he should receive a few well-deserved bouquets when the occasion merits it.
Members of the 1954 and 1957 county championship winning teams who were honoured and did not get the chance to do so personally, have asked us to thank the organisers for remembering them.


Photographed above are pupils from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School who will depart on February 26th for an educational trip to Rome, Sorrento and Capri. A total of thirty-two students from the school will travel on the trip.

Sr. Mary Taylor being presented with a cheque for €1,000, raised by 5th and 6th year students of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, proceeds of a sponsored volleyball and soccer match. The money will provide a secondary school education for two girls in Tanzania. The project was co-ordinated by teacher Mr Denis Burke. L to R: Evelyn O’Connor (prefect), Denis Burke (co-ordinator), Sr. Mary Taylor and .Barry Shee (prefect).

Cllr John Fahey has made a call for urgent action to reso1ve difficulties with the Fethard Regional Water scheme. Cllr Fahey said that “serious problems” has existed in the Jamestown area for the past thirty years and it was time to “sort it out” as a matter of urgency. He added, “There are many problems associated with the water supply in the general area and people are getting tired of the long delays in getting the matter sorted out.”
Cllr Fahey also referred to problems that occurred in the water supply to the Gortnahoe-Glengoole area last week. “Repairs were carried out at Ballingarry and Ballinastick and some householders were without water for a long time,” he said.

The new double hand-crafted entrance doors erected by Fethard woodcarver, David Gorey, to his studio on Main Street are attracting great attention and being very favourably commented upon.

The door (photographed right) shows the embossed figures of a monk and a Viking, a medieval church and tower, and a Viking longboat. The carvings are very artistically executed and a marvellous example of David’s craft.

Members of the community were delighted to see Canon James Power's return to full health when he celebrated Mass on Sunday morning last following a few weeks rest after his recent surgery. Canon Power received a round of applause from the congregation as a reminder of how much he is appreciated in the parish for his work with the sick and the elderly.

If you have an old photograph of interest to our readers why not email it to us and we will include it on next week's 'Pic of the Past'

This photograph was supplied by Daryn O'Meara and it was taken in The Green in the 1960's. L to R: Michael McCarthy (now living in Kerry St.), John and Michael McCormack (formerly of The Green)

We record the death of Catherine (Kitty) Lyttleton, Mockler's Terrace, Fethard, who died on Thursday 27th February.

Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Friday 28th February for Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Saturday.

Training continues in preparation for our competitive outing to the Primary Schools Track and Field Competition in Clonmel on the 9th and 10th April, followed by the County Indoor Championships on Sunday 13th April and the County Track & Field Championships on the 10th and 11th May. Affiliation fees of €10 are now due. Please pay these fees as soon as possible as we need money to help defray the day-to-day running costs of the club.
New members are also very welcome to start preparing for the upcoming track season. Training sessions take place twice weekly at the GAA field on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The club intends to move training to the new community sports field when the clocks go back at the end of March. Please bring along a copy of your birth certificate to our next training session.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 25th February were: 2, 4, 5 and 32. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Ciarán Hayes, Red City, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard
John Joe White, Rathkenny, Fethard
Philip Prout, Derryluskin, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €875.


The Fionn McCumhaill Players, Cloneen, present John B Keane’s play, ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’ on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March in Cloneen Hall. The very aptly named society being in such close proximity to Slievenamon the legendary seat of Fionn, have been in rehearsal since early January under producer Anne Williamson. The production features a gallery of local talent, which includes, we are informed, a special interest from Fethard. Remember the dates for your diary! Booking at 052 53376. Curtain 8.15pm. Adults €8, Children under-12 and OAP’s €4. Concession for Group bookings.

Fethard was host to Clonmel rugby teams on Saturday last in the new community field. The under-8s drew 5-5 with tries coming from Philip Maher (3) and Shane Power (2). Joss Murray and Keith Bergin played well. The team was: Thomas Anglim, Keith Bergin, Cian O’Connell, Gavin Delaney, Jack Devaney, James Holohan, Luck Keating, James Mackey, Philip Maher, Colin Meagher, Joss Murray, Shane Power and Eoin Walsh.
Fethard under-10s served up another tremendous game of rugby against Clonmel emerging victorious by the bare minimum, 6 tries to 5. This was a great game to watch with great running movements by both sides. David Bergin, Gregory Henry, Tim O’Hagan, Michael John Murphy and Joseph O’Brien always posing a threat to the Clonmel line. The Fethard defence tackled brilliantly with Andrew Kelly, Johnny Grassick and Luke Mulcahy to the fore. Fethard try scorers were Daniel Hickey, Conor Kavanagh and Paul Tierney.
The under-12s had another tough but well-played match resulting in a 4-2 victory for the home team. Our try scores came from Joe Kelly (2), William Power and Andrew Yates, with all players playing a great game. This Thursday 27th February we hold a Race Night in McCarthys Hotel and all are welcome to come and support the Rugby Club. We train as usual on Saturday morning at 11o’clock and we play Waterpark at home on Sunday morning.

The hunting season is now drawing rapidly to a close. The season just passed has not been the best in hunting terms. However, it is an oft quoted saying on the hunting scene, “There is no such thing as a bad days hunting, some dogs are just better than others!”
The Ballylusky Harriers meet on Sunday next, 2nd March in Cloneen at 12 noon and in Ballingarry on Sunday 9th March at the same time.


The long wait for an ATM Machine in Fethard ended on 26th February, when Bank of Ireland installed an instore machine in Kenny's Centra Foodmarket, The Green. The new ATM Machine is one of only 53 similar machines installed in Ireland. Photographed above at the machine are Laurence Kenny (proprietor) and Peter Grant.

Our community sports lotto jackpot €7,400 was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 11 and 13. We had one ‘match three’ winner: €150 to Sports Centre, c/o Fethard GAA. Our €50 lucky dip winner was Aisling Aherne (Monroe, Rocklow, Fethard).
Our Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday 1st March. We will make medal presentations for 2002 football, under 21 A south and county, senior south, south intermediate hurling. We will also honour the county/south senior football champions of 1954 and 1957. All tickets to be collected before Monday 24th February from dance committee members. Bus will leave Main Street at 7.30pm sharp. Price of bus is €5.

The Juvenile Club held their annual AGM and would like to thank those people who attended. There was a great turnout and we would like to welcome Liam Hayes as our new incoming chairman and bid a fond farewell to Michael O'Dwyer who stood as chairman for the Juvenile Club for the last 13 years. Thanks to Michael for all the hard work and dedication he has shown to the Juvenile Club and we are sure it wont be the last we see of him.
The football season has begun and there is training for under/16's on Wednesday nights at 6pm in the Barracks Field. Under/14 training takes place on Friday evenings at 6pm in the GAA Field. New members are welcome to attend these training sessions.
There is no date set yet for training for under/12's, under/10's and under/8's but they will be informed as soon as it has. New members are welcome to attend these training sessions. The Club is looking forward to a great and successful year.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and District Day Care Centre will take place on Thursday 27th March at 6pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome.

The Community Council have applied for a ‘Fundraising Pack’ to help sponsor an athlete during this years Special Olympic Games in Ireland. Our target is to raise €1,000 in the community and with the cooperation of local schools and organisations it should be achievable in a short time. Details of the programme are as follows:
The Support an Athlete Programme, sponsored by RTÉ, is the major public fundraising initiative for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Your donation will ensure that your athlete will be able to perform to the best of their ability in the most conducive environment and at the highest quality facilities during their stay in Ireland. By joining 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games ‘Support an Athlete Programme’ for just €1,000, you can ensure that a Special Olympics athlete will have the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world in a truly world class sporting event in world class facilities. You will also receive a profile of the athlete you are supporting detailing the events they are entering and their training programme. You can follow the progress of your Supported Athlete through the 10 days of the World Games on a daily basis through our website:

Capt. Tom Freyne, Grove Road, had the distinguished honour of being the first Irish Army Officer to be invited to ride at the great annual historic Military Meeting at Sandown racecourse. Captain Freyne rode ‘Viking Buoy’ for the Hon. Artillery Company. While not figuring in the frame, he successfully completed the stiff course and thoroughly enjoyed the historic experience.


Paddy McCormack and family photographed at his 80th Birthday party at Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday night 21st February, 2003. Back L to R: Ned McCormack (Ballinure), Stephen McCormack (Fethard). Front Eileen (McCormack) Sheridan (Naas), Paddy McCormack (Ballinure) and Micéal McCormack (Fethard).


Thomas Kearney and Pat Culligan from Fethard taking part in the recent Tipperary Hunt Cross Country Charity Ride in Killenaule. The Tipperary Pony Club with Charles Blackmore would like to thank all the landowners, sponsors, contributors, helpers and participants who came together to make the charity ride from Killenaule to Moyglass on the 26th January 2003 a great success. This event was run in aid of Scoil Aonghus, Cashel and the Special Olympics and both of these bodies will now benefit from everyone's generosity. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

Sad to note that Fethard Badminton Club, probably the oldest badminton club in the county, did not find it possible to field a team in this season’s County Tipperary Badminton Association’s leagues. Least we hope the lapse is only of a temporary nature as several locals have expressed an interest in playing the game for recreation. If anybody is interested in playing this year and reviving the club, please leave your names at the Community Information Office in Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000.

Senior citizens who wish to go to Carne, Co. Wexford, on the St. Vincent De Paul sponsored holiday are asked to contact any member of the conference for an application form as soon as possible. The holiday dates are from June 7th to June 13th.

The South Tipperary Heritage Forum would like to hear your views on how best to protect, enhance and promote the County’s heritage. Come to our public consultation meeting at the Abymill Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday 5th March or write to the Heritage Officer, South Tipperary County Council, Áras an Chontae, Clonmel or by email to before Friday 14th March 2003. See the County Council website at for more details.

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